Former Spring Valley building inspector sentenced to probationPosted: Updated:
A former Spring Valley building inspector was sentenced Tuesday to five years' probation, with no jail time, in a Rockland County court.
Walter Booker faced up to four years behind bars after he was found guilty in January of issuing a false document, falsifying a certificate that allowed a homeowner to operate two day care facilities from his property and reap thousands in state funding.
Booker's attorney Michael Sussman says his client was only doing his job, and that the pair plans to appeal Booker's original conviction.
"Mr. Booker engaged in no criminal behavior. Nine of the 12 charges have already been dismissed and we think the other three will also be dismissed," said Sussman.
Prosecutors argued that Booker's behavior is a crime of public corruption and that he should serve one to three years behind bars.
But the judge said the 57-year-old didn't benefit financially in any way from his behavior, has never faced any other criminal charges during his 20-plus years as a village employee, and also had several letters attesting to his character from well-known county officials.
In addition to five years prohibition, Booker will also do 200 hours of community service.